Real Names: Edward Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Date: May 11, 1982
Details: Tulsa millionaire and World Jai Alai owner Roger Wheeler was gunned down in his car in 1981. After the murder, reported underworld figure Brian Halloran told the FBI that he had been offered the contract on Roger, but turned it down. He claimed that a man named John Callahan had ordered the hit. Callahan had been president of World Jai Alai before it was purchased by Roger. He was forced to resign because he had links to organized crime.
On May 11, 1982, Brian and a friend, Michael Donahue, left a restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts, to go to a 6 o'clock meeting. Outside, three men waited in a dark-colored Sedan. The men pulled up and opened fire on Brian and Michael, killing Michael instantly. Brian tried to make it back to the restaurant, but the men returned and shot him again, killing him.
Investigators were certain that Brian was killed because of his knowledge about Roger's murder. They believed that John Callahan was involved, but he vanished before he could be questioned. He was found murdered just a few months later, shot to death in the trunk of his car.
Suspects: The killers, which included at least three men, were driving a dark-colored Sedan.
It is believed that Brian was killed because he began cooperating with the FBI in the investigation of Wheeler's murder, implicating Callahan and other members of their gang.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the January 20, 1987 episode. In the film 'Black Mass' the character of Brian Halloran is played by actor Peter Sarsgaard.
Results: Solved. A Winter Hill gang associate, James Flynn, was considered a suspect in the murders for several years. He was later tried and acquitted. However, in 1999, he was ruled out as a suspect. It was determined that Brian was killed because he was going to cooperate with the FBI in several murder cases, implicating Winter Hill gang associates Whitey Bulger and Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi. Rogue FBI agents allegedly warned the men about Brian's cooperation.
One of the two shooters, Patrick Nee, was identified but has not been charged. Bulger, who was arrested in 2011, was the other shooter. After his arrest, he was charged with the murders of Brian and Michael, along with several others. Kevin Weeks, the getaway driver, testified against Bulger. Bulger was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
- Brian Halloran at Mafia Wiki
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- Family members of Whitey Bulger's alleged victims testify - July 12, 2013
- FBI agent testifies how a victim of Whitey Bulger foretold his own death - July 15, 2013
- Tommy Donahue - Interview after Bulger's Conviction - February 28, 2014